Sunday, October 26, 2014

This Date in Rock Music History: October 27

1957:  The Crickets had the #1 song in the U.K. with "That'll Be The Day".

  One of the brightest stars of the time.  Or any time...

1957 - "Oh Boy!" by Buddy Holly & the Crickets was released with another killer song--"Not Fade Away" on the flip.  (Note:  numerous websites show the release as October 29, but according to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the correct date of release was October 27.)
1958:  Ricky Nelson's new hit "Lonesome Town" moved from #86 to #18.

   One of the most memorable of the early hits of the Rock Era from the Big Bopper...

1958:  Tommy Edwards continued to set the pace for the fifth week with "It's All In The Game".  Conway Twitty had #2--"It's Only Make Believe" while the Kingston Trio moved from 8 to 3 with "Tom Dooley".  Cozy Cole had #4 with "Topsy II" and Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin" came in fifth.  The rest of an early Rock Era Top 10:  "Tears On My Pillow" from Little Anthony & the Imperials, "Bird Dog" by the Everly Brothers", the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was at #8 with "Tea For Two Cha Cha", Robin Luke's "Susie Darlin'" and the Big Bopper held on to #10 with "Chantilly Lace".
1960:  Ben E. King recorded his first songs in the studio, and what a pair to pick--"Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me", both rock standards.

1962:  Dionne Warwick released her first career single--"Don't Make Me Over".  (Note:  some websites claim the song was released in November or December, but according to both of the books 'On This Day In Black Music History' by Jay Warner and 'Burt Bacharach, Song by Song:  The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans...' by Serene Dominic, "Don't Make Me Over" was released on October 27.)1962:  The Rolling Stones recorded their first songs "Soon Forgotten", "Close Together" and "You Can't Judge A Book (By Looking At The Cover)" at Curly Clayton Studios in London.
1962:  An emerging talent with a great new sound debuted with their single on this date.  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass entered the chart with "The Lonely Bull".
1962:  "Only Love Can Break a Heart" by Gene Pitney was #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1962:  The Contours were at #1 for a third week on the R&B chart with "Do You Love Me".

1962:  The 4 Seasons had a smash moving up the chart--"Big Girls Don't Cry" moved from 66 to 17.
1962:  Bobby "Boris" Pickett remained at the top with "Monster Mash".  
1963:  The Beatles performed three concerts at the Cirkus in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1966:  The Four Tops had the #1 U.K. song with their classic "Reach Out I'll Be There".

1964:  The Supremes released the single "Come See About Me".
1969:  After the album Abbey Road was finished, Ringo Starr, drummer of the Beatles, began recording a solo album Sentimental Journey, becoming the first Fab Four member to do so.
1973:  "All I Know" by Art Garfunkel spent a fourth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1973:  After 24 hits, Gladys Knight & the Pips finally reached #1 with "Midnight Train To Georgia", one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.  

1975:  Wings released the single "Venus and Mars/Rock Show".

Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To?) by Diana Ross on Grooveshark
1975:  Diana Ross released the single "Theme From 'Mahogany'", the movie in which she starred in.

1975:  Bruce Springsteen made the covers of both Time and Newsweek magazines.
1979:  Anne Murray's "Broken Hearted Me" was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the third straight week, giving the popular Canadian 23 weeks at #1 in her career in that genre.

   "Southbound Saurez", one of the many great tracks on Led Zeppelin's new album...

1979:  Led Zeppelin made it seven straight weeks at #1 on the Album chart with the great album In Through the Out Door, one of The Top 100 Albums of the Rock Era*.  The Eagles' album The Long Run had debuted at #2 the previous week but could not overtake Led Zep on this day.  Midnight Magic from the Commodores was third with Styx's Cornerstone moving from 10-4.  Foreigner's gem Head Games was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Cheap Trick and Dream Police, the Knack were still hanging around after 18 weeks with Get the Knack , Herb Alpert had his first Top 10 album in 11 years--Rise, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall slipped to 9 after just nine weeks (it would be back) and Bob Dylan was at #10 with Slow Train Coming.

1980:  Neil Diamond released his first single from the movie that he starred in (The Jazz Singer)--"Love On The Rocks".

1980:  Barbra Streisand released the single "Guilty".

1981:  Blondie released the single "The Tide Is High".
1982:  Prince released the album 1999.
1984:  Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon celebrated the birth of daughter Kelly.
1984:  Big Country topped the U.K. Album chart with Steel Town.
1984:  Stevie Wonder had the #1 song on the R&B chart for a third week--"I Just Called To Say I Love You".

1984:  Stevie Wonder also was the leader of the Adult Contemporary chart for the third week with "I Just Called To Say I Love You".

1985:  Lionel Richie released the single "Say You Say Me".

1986:  Billy Joel released the single "This Is The Time".

1986:  Chicago released their 40th career single--"Will You Still Love Me?".
1988:  The U2 movie Rattle and Hum premiered in the group's hometown at the Savoy Cinema of Dublin, Ireland.
1988:  After 232 shows, Def Leppard finished its highly successful Hysteria Tour at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.
1990:  Michael Waite of Musical Youth was thrown in jail for four years for his part in a robbery.
1990:  Paul Simon owned the top U.K. album with The Rhythm of the Saints.
1990:  M.C. Hammer held on to #1 on the Album chart for the 20th week with Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, the fifth longest of the Rock Era.
1990:  Mariah Carey had the #1 AC hit "Love Takes Time".
1991:  Jimmy Dean ("Big Bad John") married Donna Meade in Varina, Virginia.
1991:  Mariah Carey's fifth consecutive #1 to start her career--"Emotions" was on top again, giving the singer who used to be inspiring her 14th week at #1 in two years.
1992:  Cher was denied permission to build a house in Malibu, California and filed suit.  She later won the lawsuit and did build a home there.

1995:  Gloria Estefan became the first rock artist (and still the only one) to receive a call from the Pope (Pope Paul II) to perform.  On this date, Estefan performed for the Pope in Rome to celebrate his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. 
1995:  Selena's murderess was sentenced to life in prison by a Texas jury.
1998:  Samantha Fox was arrested for drunk driving.
2002:  The Foo Foo Fighters had the #1 album in the U.K. with One by One.

2002:  Tom Dowd, left, producer of numerous acts including Chicago, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Kenny Loggins, Eric Clapton, Cream, Sonny & Cher, the Rascals, Dusty Springfield, the Drifters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf and the Allman Brothers Band, died in Aventura, Florida of emphysema at age 77.

2003:  Tom Petty received a Legend Award at the Radio Music Awards show.
2003:  He might as well be a rapper--he certainly had the right temperament.  Scott Weiland, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles after he drove his car into a parked van.

2004:  Rod Stewart's new style was paying off.  He scored his first #1 album in 25 years with Stardust:  The Great American Songbook Volume III.
2007:  Keith Richards, guitarist of the Rolling Stones, marched with 15,000 people through Chichester, England, to protest proposed Sussex funding cuts for St. Richard's Hospital.
2008:  When Daryl Hall, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem of the United States prior to Game Five of the World Series in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, came down with the flu, John Oates took his place.
2010:  Twenty-five global premieres of the posthumous Michael Jackson movie This Is It were featured around the world. 
2014:  Taylor Swift released the album 1989, which sold 1.287 million copies its first week.

Born This Day:
1933:  Floyd Cramer ("Last Date") was born in Samti, Louisiana; died of lung cancer in Nashville, Tennessee December 31, 1997.  (Note:  most websites incorrectly report his birthplace as Shreveport, Louisiana.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows it as Samti.)
1942:  Lee Greenwood ("God Bless the U.S.A.") was born in South Gate, California.
1945:  Dick Dodd, lead singer and drummer with the Standells ("Dirty Water"), was born in Hermosa Beach, California; died November 29, 2013 in Fountain Valley, California of cancer.
1945:  Mark Ryan, bass guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service from 1971-75, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1949:  Garry Tallent, longtime bassist of the E Street Band, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1949:  Byron Allred, keyboardist of the Steve Miller Band, was born in Logan, Utah.
1951:  Ken K. Downing, founder, songwriter and guitarist of Judas Priest, was born in West Bromwich, England.
1953:  Peter Dodd, guitarist of the Thompson Twins("Hold Me Now" from 1984)
1958:  Simon LeBon, lead singer and lyricist for Duran Duran, was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
1967:  Scott Weiland, lyricist and vocalist of Velvet Underground and the Stone Temple Pilots, was born in Santa Cruz, California.

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